Phish in Hampton

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Phish in Hampton was a series of three consecutive Phish shows played in the Hampton Coliseum on March 6, 7, and 8th of 2009.[1] These shows marked the first time the band had played together since their breakup in August 2004.[2] It was estimated that just under 14,000 were in attendance at each of the three shows.[3] Phish keyboardist, Page McConnell, commented on the excitement from the audience by saying, “The crowd was so loud I could not hear myself.” Also, drummer, Jon Fishman, said, "Our band had driven itself into a ditch. We had to establish credibility with people again."[4]


Phish, founded in Burlington, VT by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Page McConnell (keyboard), Mike Gordon (bass guitar), and Jon Fishman (percussion), is a jam band known for its extensive jamming and musical fusion of different genres. Previous to the three shows played in Hampton, Phish hadn't performed live together since August 2004 at their concert festival Coventry located in Coventry, VT. Previous to the Coventry Festival, Phish had announced plans to break up. This proved to be temporary once Phish launched its reunion announcements in October 2008.[5] It was said that the band decided to break up because they were "exhausted by touring and the strain of Anastasio's substance abuse."[6] However, during the band's break, Trey's consistent problems with drugs and alcohol harmed him worse than he had expected. On December 16, 2006 Trey Anastasio was pulled over at 3:30 AM one night in Whitehall, NY for failing to keep right.[7] He was found in possession of heroin and bottles of prescription painkillers bearing someone else's name and was sentenced to 14 months in the Washington County, New York drug court.[8] After his time spent in drug court, Trey came out clean from drugs and alcohol. Then in 2008, the band decided to start organizing a series of reunion shows in Hampton.

Set Lists[edit]

March 6, 2009[edit]

  1. Fluffhead (hadn’t been played since 2000)
  2. Divided Sky
  3. Chalk Dust Torture
  4. Sample in a Jar
  5. Stash
  6. I Didn’t Know
  7. The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony
  8. Suzy Greenberg
  9. Farmhouse
  10. NICU
  11. Horn
  12. Rift
  13. Train Song
  14. Water in the Sky
  15. The Squirming Coil
  16. David Bowie
  17. Backwards Down the Number Line (first time played live)
  18. Tweezer
  19. Taste
  20. Possum
  21. Theme From the Bottom
  22. First Tube
  23. Harry Hood
  24. Waste
  25. You Enjoy Myself (started with musical fumble and was restarted)
  26. Grind
  27. Bouncing Around the Room
  28. Loving Cup

March 7, 2009[edit]

  1. Back on the Train
  2. Runaway Jim
  3. Brian and Robert
  4. Split Open and Melt
  5. Heavy Things
  6. Punch You in the Eye
  7. Gumbo
  8. Reba
  9. Mexican Cousin
  10. It’s Ice
  11. Halley’s Comet
  12. Beauty of a Broken Heart (first time played live)
  13. Guelah Papyrus
  14. Lawn Boy
  15. Run Like an Antelope
  16. Rock and Roll
  17. Limb by Limb
  18. Ghost
  19. Piper
  20. Birds of a Feather
  21. Wolfman’s Brother
  22. Prince Caspian
  23. Mike’s Song
  24. I Am Hydrogen
  25. Weekapaug Groove
  26. Character Zero
  27. A Day in the Life

March 8, 2009[edit]

  1. Sanity
  2. Wilson
  3. Foam
  4. Bathtub Gin
  5. Undermind
  6. AC/DC Bag
  7. My Friend, My Friend
  8. Scent of a Mule
  9. All of These Dreams
  10. Maze
  11. She Thinks I Still Care
  12. Army of One
  13. Tube
  14. Cars Trucks Buses
  15. Free
  16. Frankenstein
  17. Down with Disease
  18. Seven Below
  19. The Horse
  20. Silent in the Morning
  21. Twist
  22. 2001
  23. The Moma Dance
  24. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  25. Wading in the Velvet Sea
  26. Slave to the Traffic Light
  27. Happy Birthday to You (sung to Phish's drummer's dad, Leonard Fishman)
  28. Contact
  29. Bug
  30. Tweezer Reprise[9]


Along with coordinating the three Hampton shows, Phish recorded its "comeback album", Joy, during April and May 2009, which showed all phans (Phish fans) that they were back for good.[10] Although Joy was not released until September 2009, Phish introduced the song "Backwards Down the Number Line", Joy's first track, by opening the second set on March 6 with it. The album received moderate reviews. Billboard magazine ranked Joy as an 83/100.[11] Also, Allmusic gave the band's newest album 3 out of 5 stars.[12]


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  2. ^ Fricke, David. "Phish Reunite Hippie Nation." Rolling Stone 1075 (2009): 13-17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Dec. 2011.
  3. ^ Hampton Coliseum
  4. ^ Fricke, David. "Phish Reunite Hippie Nation." Rolling Stone 1075 (2009): 13-17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Dec. 2011.
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  6. ^ Fricke, David. "Phish Reunite Hippie Nation." Rolling Stone 1075 (2009): 13-17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 4 Dec. 2011.
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